“Where HAVE you been?!?!” (Feel free to read that in the voice of Harry Potter’s Molly Weasley. If you are unsure of who that is, put down this paper and head to my house for a free educational series: Potter Viewing 101, is this your first day on Earth?) Harry Potter has been on my … Continue reading The Magic Of Reappearing
I sat down to write this week’s column. I propped my very pregnant body up with a few pillows and opened my laptop. I connected to our wifi and logged into my Google Docs account. The blank document and blinking cursor held so much promise. Then my phone vibrated. 38 unread emails begged for my … Continue reading Disconnecting To Find More Connection
“Oh, look! Batgirl! How adorable!” My daughter grimaced and shook her head. “I am BatMAN,” she said with all the seriousness a three-year-old could muster. The well intentioned older lady smiled politely and said, “Oh, princess, but you are a GIRL!” before giving me a look that I couldn’t place and walked away. “But Momma,” … Continue reading Raising Super Children
We are expecting a baby this spring. Most people we have told are super excited for us. They say congratulations and then turn to our two older daughters and ask them if they are happy for a new baby. But, there are a few people who have taken me by surprise. Those who maybe don’t … Continue reading Third Times A Charm
“When they go low, we go high.” -Michelle Obama I take a deep breath, they have been fighting all day. The playroom has exploded into the living room and the living room is threatening to cave into the kitchen. Our small house is getting smaller by the minute as angry voices fill every square foot. … Continue reading Resolving Conflict With Peace, Mostly
Every year I look forward to summer. The long, warm days. The endless opportunities to lounge around a pool or river. Adventures and camping and a schedule that looks more like a gentle suggestion than a butt-kicking demand. Being our first summer vacation since school became a part of our lives, I was looking forward … Continue reading The (Rabid) Dog Days of Summer
Gone are the days where woman parented the children while the men took a hands off approach. Dads are elbow to elbow with their female counterparts in the trenches of parenthood. Diapers, feedings, soothing, and baths are all part of a modern dad's day. It is time to celebrate the men in our lives, the … Continue reading Let’s Hear It For The Boy!
The smile on her face was bigger than I had seen at school pick up all year. I breathed a sigh of relief. It had worked. The note in her lunch box, the family photo in her cubby, my scarf, securely knotted around her neck for her to snuggle into. They all worked to make … Continue reading Dragons, Wolves, and Her Beautiful Mind
Sometimes we eat dinner in the living room because our table is covered in the day's debris and I am too exhausted to put it all away. My daughter calls it a "floor picnic" and we treat it as a special event. (Even though it happens with more frequency than any special event in history.) … Continue reading My Truths and Confessions of Motherhood
My dearest Elsa, My sweet girl, in a week you will be five years old. I can’t believe it was five years ago that I last felt your tiny foot pushing out from under my ribcage. These days your feet are busy running and dancing and exploring. They have come a long way … Continue reading And then, she was five.